Title: reMIND, Volume 1
Author: Jason Brubaker
Release Date: July 21, 2011
Publisher: Coffee Table Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel
Rating: 4 out of 5
Sonja is tired of her life. Ever since her father claimed to have seen a “Lizard Man”, people come from near and far to stare into the lake by her house and find this strange creature. When her cat, Victuals, goes missing, Sonja worries about him. But when he finally returns, Sonja is even more worried. Victuals has strange stitches in his head, and what’s more, he can talk. His strange tale makes Sonja wonder if the Lizard Man could actually exist.
reMIND, Vol. 1 is a story that artist Jason Brubaker had been developing for years. It was always his dream to author a comic book, so he finally decided to sit down and write and illustrate his own. However, he chose not to pursue a traditional publishing route because he wanted the quality of his book to be high - he wanted a hardcover book with rich, color illustrations and thick pages. He decided to publish reMIND, Vol. 1 as a web comic, with an eye on publishing it eventually in print.
This graphic novel is really one driven by the art. Brubaker’s artwork is absolutely breathtaking. He uses bright, vivid colors, and his illustrations are something to be scrutinized, as he pays a lot of attention to detail. After seeing the quality of his drawings, I can completely understand why Brubaker wanted thick paper on which to print them; they are really beautiful, and low quality paper simply would not do them justice. If you’re at all interested in the graphic novel format and appreciate lovely art, you should definitely check out Brubaker’s work.
The story of reMIND, Vol. 1 is a little strange, to be honest. It went in a completely random direction, ending up someplace I never would have dreamed of. That being said, I enjoyed its unique qualities and the way Brubaker continually surprised me. It’s refreshing to go into a book and allow it to lead you, and though I was skeptical of where it was going at times, I was able to just go with it, and thus enjoyed it.
While you cannot purchase reMIND, Vol. 1 in print at this time (there was a very limited print run of 2,500 copies), you can read it for free on Brubaker’s website, reMIND. It’s not a long book, so it will go quickly, but it is certainly worth giving a chance. A computer screen is a great way to experience the colorful and rich world that Brubaker creates. I’m looking forward to the second (and final) volume to see what happens to Sonja and Victuals next.